Telehealth Grant & Funding Opportunities for Health Systems of All Sizes

June 11, 2020

The benefits of telemedicine are well documented during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be a mainstream part of a health system's ability to care for years to come. To support the rapid expansion of telemedicine, reimbursement rules for telemedicine are evolving, and government agencies are opening up new funding opportunities for health systems.

This guide is a running list of available grant programs to fund different telehealth programs; it explains who is eligible to apply and has up to date application deadlines.

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Telemedicine Grants & Funding Opportunities

1. FCC $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program & $100 Million Connect Care Pilot Program 


Deadline: Rolling basis

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act provides $200 million funding to establish the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which is distinct from the $100 million funding for the broader Connected Care Pilot Program. These funds are designed to help health care providers implement new telehealth programs, expand existing services, and solve the challenges of technical infrastructure.


$200 million COVID-19 Grant Overview 

  • Funding going to connected devices and IT infrastructure/services only
  • Up to $1 million to each awardee
  • Rolling basis, have already started accepting applications
  • No deadline; funding is given on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted or the pandemic has ended
  • Strongly recommend focus on high risk and vulnerable population rather than simply walking well but will not enforce
  • Wants to see apps emphasize that this tech reduces pandemic spread
  • Customers must qualify as not-for-profit, rural, academic with teaching mission, community health centers, skilled nursing facilities
  • For more details on eligibility and how to apply visit https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program


$100 million Connected Care Pilot Program Overview

  • Separate $100 million from COVID-19 Telehealth Program distributed over 3 years
  • Covers 85% of total costs applied for
  • Will not cover devices or medical equipment
  • Majority of the coverage is for broadband access
  • Focus funding applications on low income and veteran


2. Health Recourses & Services Administration (HRSA) Telehealth Network Grant Program 


Deadline: June 15, 2020

This funding is aimed toward promoting rural tele-emergency services with an emphasis on tele-stroke, tele-behavioral health, and tele-emergency medical services (Tele-EMS). This will be achieved by enhancing telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers without emergency care specialists. 


Grant Overview


Eligibility

  • Applicants include rural or urban nonprofit entities that provide direct clinical services through telehealth
  • Each entity may be nonprofit or for-profit 
  • Faith-based, community-based, and tribal organizations are eligible
  • Services must be provided to rural areas, however, the applicant can be located in an urban area


3. U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants


Deadline: July 13, 2020 (second window)

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program helps rural communities use telecommunication to connect to each other and to the world. 


Grant Overview

  • Total Funding $40 million + $25 million from CARES act
  • Awards $50k up to $1 million
  • Application due July 13, 2020
  • 15% match required
  • Competitive application process
  • Focused on rural education and healthcare 
  • May be used for telehealth and telecommunication

Eligibility

4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 


Deadline: June 15, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites R01 grant applications for funding to support novel, high-impact studies evaluating the responsiveness of healthcare delivery systems, healthcare professionals, and the overall U.S. healthcare system to the COVID-19 pandemic. AHRQ is interested in funding critical research focused on evaluating topics such as effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19; the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic; understanding how the response to COVID-19 affected socially vulnerable populations and people with multiple chronic conditions; and digital healthcare including innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telehealth response to COVID-19.


Grant Overview

  • Funding up to $1 million over 2 years
  • Application due June 15, 2020
  • Studies of healthcare response during COVID-19


Eligibility


5. Health Recourses & Services Administration (HRSA) Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program 


Deadline: July 1, 2020

This program will fund two Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Centers, one evaluation-focused and one evidence-focused. The purpose of the evaluation-focused TF RHRC is to conduct and maintain a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of nationwide telehealth investments in rural areas and populations. This comprehensive evaluation will explore the impact of telehealth investments on rural areas and populations, to include an assessment of access, cost, experience, and effectiveness for patients and providers. This research will assist decision-makers at the federal, state and local levels by examining the impact of investments of telehealth services in rural communities on access to health care, population health/health indicators, health care spending (both for payers and for the patients receiving the services), quality of care, value-based care, workforce, business strategy, and clinical delivery of care. 


Grant Overview

  • Total funding $1.9 million, up to $950K per award
  • Application due July 1, 2020
  • Funds two telehealth focused tural health research centers 
  • Funds one evaluation-focused 
  • Funds one evidence-focused 


Eligibility

  • Private or public non-profit entities
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations 


6. National Institute of Health (NIH) Enhancing Suicide Prevention in Emergency Care via Telehealth 


Deadline: October 15, 2020

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit research to develop, optimize and test mental health telehealth methods to help evaluate and treat emergency department (ED) patients with suicide risk, compared to usual care of such patients in emergency departments without adequate on-site mental health specialty consultation.


Grant Overview

  • Total funding $7 million, up to 2 awards
  • Application du by October 15, 2020
  • Research on mental health telehealth methods 


Eligibility

  • Higher education institutions
  • Nonprofits other than higher education
  • For-profit organizations
  • Governments

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